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The following little Hymns, composed on the death of Mrs. Gloecker, the wife of a Moravian Missionary, who died at sea, are extracted from an irregular Poem of considerable merit, published in the Sheffield Iris, entitled “ Maria's Grave;" but much too long for insertion in our pages.
Sweet fountain, in thy cool and glassy bed,
REVIEW OF BOOKS.
The Protestant; a Veekly Paper eye to advantageous occurrences,
on the principal Points of Con- the same skill in turning contintroversy between the Chirch of gencies to account, and the same Rome and the Reformed. Sivih recklessness of principle in the Edition. Four Volumes. 8vo.
furtherance of their cause, which £1. 10s.--Glasgow: Chalmers have ever distinguished the agents
of that fell and withering superand Collins, 1823.
stition. They are on the alert; In our number for March 1820, they are employing every engine we reviewed the first volume of that can assist them in their atthis interesting and valuable mis- tack on the public mind; and cellany, and our perusal of the re- among the most effective of their maining volumes has confirmeri the schemes is to be reckoned the favourable opinion which we then successful efforts which they have felt and expressed. There are, in been making to obtain an extenabundance, controversial treatises sive control over the education of on specific points, as well as on youth. In France, all seminaries, the general question, but there private or collegiate, are subject was, until the present publication, to an authority of the most ara rather urgent expediency for the bitrary and irresponsible kind. appearance of a work which should The system of licensing is so acadapt itself to the peculiar cha- curately adjusted, and so unreracter of the times, embody the Jentingly exercised, that instituscattered circumstances of the day, tions for the training of youth meet Pupery upon its own ground, must lose all taint of liberality, and hunt it through all the wind- and their directors become the ings and shiftings of its artful and mere drill-serjeants of a degrading circuitous course. It was of the and enslaving discipline. No one greatest importance that a writer can leach without official permisshould be found, intelligent and sion, and, however prosperous an intrepid, sound in the faith, and educational establishment may be, resolute in its assertion, who however acceptable to parents the woukl enter fairly and per- character and the conduct of its severingly upon this formidable principal, if he offend against the labour, and we are glad that it arbitrary requisition of the secret has been taken up and resolutely code, his license is immediately pressed forward by so competent withdrawn. Even in this country, .
individual as Mr. M'Gavin. thougli they have no exclusive The energy and spirit with which dominion over the instruction of he addressed himself to his task, youth, the Romish clergy have has never yielded to lassitude or directed their exertions, with conapprehension; he has acquired siderable success, to the establishfresh knowledge as he proceeded, ment of schools and colleges, many and we trust that he will not be of which are in existence, efficientlightly influenced to abandon a ly supported and numerously atcareer in which he has so honour- tended. ably distinguished himself.
The press is not neglected. The emissaries of Rome are Wherever the or
powers that be" exerting themselves, at the pre- are graciously inclined to lend sent moment, with a dexterity their aid to the grand conspiracy which manifests the same steady against the present and eternal
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happiness of mankind, it is eagerly tarnished pageantry which, in accepted, and the vigorous arm of those flourishing periods of their secular power is employed in the church which have been aptly salutary work of repressing and denominated obscurum, ferreum, correcting all irregularity of pub- plumbeum, set the dazzled populic or private sentiment. Where lace so effectually a-marvelling. this desirable state of things does Processions, and stations, and the not exist, an active system of pub- erection of crucifixes, have been lication is carried on in behalf of performed in other countries with the good cause, and in counterac- prodigious eclat ; and, as in this tion of heresy. It is, we have kingdom, such matters might reason for believing, imagined by stand some small chance of being many that the well known anti- laughed at, beside being, at least pathy to the press cherished by equally with field preaching, liable Papists, gives them a disinclina- lo abatement as obstructions and tion to its employment in their nuisances, we are to be silenced own behalf. That they would be and converted by signs and wonheartily glad to get rid of it ders, and accordingly miracles are altogether, to suppress so danger- with us the order of the day. ous a disturber of the public mind, Enough has been said, in former and to obliterate its fatal protest numbers, respecting the miracuagainst their destructive lous
effected by Prince usurpations, there can be little Hohenlohe, and we shall not recur ground for questioning; but since to the general subject, in this there is no hope of a consum- place, any farther than to intromation so devoutly to be wished, duce the following illustration they are content to take the only with which Mr. M'Gavin was remaining alternative, and, as far furnished by “a reverend gentleas possible, to convert the enemy
man.” into a friend. They make an " About seventeen years ago,' says ample provision for all classes of my correspondent, ' a lady, now living their disciples. For those who in Edinburgh, had occasion to be in are accustomed to reason, they
Dublin, and through means of a gentle
man from this country, was introduced have the higher efforts of their to a Popish chapel, on an occasion when most subtle sophisters, their Bog- a number of souls were to be translated suets and their Lingards; to
out of purgatory. The place was very readers of a more average class, brilliantly lighted. The priest was seated
on an eminence, with a table before him. they furnish a competent portion The audience was in expectation, when of common-place wrangling, from a relation of each of the deceased persons, the ready manufactory of Hayes, whose souls were that night to be reMilner, and Curr; they even con- leased, appeared, and in passing before descend to cater for the appetites filled purse on the table before him,
the priest, each Jaid an elegant and well of children and the ignorant, and who, after nodding satisfaction, most a large supply of monstrous le- readily conveyed it to a receptacle, where gends, and egregious miracles, is
it miglit be preserved till a fit opportuin constant circulation and high received his wages, the priest immedi
nity of otherwise disposing of it. Having request among the lower orders of ately began his operations, and soon their votaries.
intimated that the souls were transThey have, moreover, of late lated, and would immediately make years, shown a disposition to drag able part of the foor, unoccupied of
their appearance. Immediately a moveout of the dusty and dilapidated course, opened, and there issued forth lumber-room in which their shat- from it living creatures, as black as jet. tered machinery and unsaleable When the little creatures began to move stock in trade had been laid up from being detected, the lights were all
about, in order to prevent the deception for centuries, some portion of the extinguished, as if by magic. The lady
bad eyed the souls' representatives very portion of it consists in a series of narrowly, and had observed that there strictures on Bishop Milner's much was one of them within her reach; and with a degree of courage, which would
vaunted “ End of Controversy," not have been exerted by every one in
a book which we have not seen, her circumstances, she seized on the but which appears, from the speanimal ; she put it into her pocket, for "cimens here given to be as finished ladies wore pockets in those days; she took it home, and showed it to the gen
an example of Jesuitical compon tleman who had introduced her to the sition as any of the effusions of chapel, when it turned out to be a crab Sa or Suarez. Will it be believed dressed in black velvet. I need scarcely that any man, desirous of mainadd, that the lady was induced by the eatreaties of the gentleman to destroy taining a character for common the creature, and maintain secrecy, at
sense or common honesty, would least in Ireland, as she valued her own make use of such an argument as life. I have the story from a daughter the following, extracted by Mr. of the lady who laid hold on the eman
M'Gavin from Dr. Milner's work? cipated spirit, and I believe her entitled to the highest credit, otherwise I would
The Doctor has been laying down not have troubled you with the story.'
certain marks as infallible indicap 219.
tions of the true church, and The work before us is by claiming them stoutly for his its very
nature desultory; it takes up different subjects with
«. Dr. Milner,' writes Mr. M.G., little other connexion than that “introduces the subject of his third which
may be afforded by the mark of the true church, that is, CAletter of a correspondent, or by THOLICITY, in the following whining some accidental circumstance; but
and canting manner :--- In treating of
this third mark of the true church, as in the course of the series few expressed in our common creed, I feel points of importance are
my spirits sink within me, and I am looked, and the great scriptural almost tempted to throw away my pen principles of faith and observance opening the eyes of candid Protestants to are powerfully enforced. With
the other marks of the church, if they out the formality of systematic are capable of keeping them shut to discussion, these papers are dis- this? "Every time that each of them
addresses the God of truth, either in tinguished by higher qualities than the balance of periods or the stiff he fails not to repeat;--I believe in the
solemn worship or in private devotion, arrangement of heads and particu- ' CATHOLIC CHURCH ; and yet if I ask lars; they are the appeals of a him the question ;--Are you a CATHOLIC? strong-minded and well informed. he is sure to answer me ;--No, I am a
PROTESTANT !-Was there ever a more man to his fellow men on subjects glaring instance of inconsistency, and of momentous importance, they self-condemnation among rational beare written in a clear and vigo- ings ?""--Letter xxv. p. 103. rous style, and they have im
" I bave often remarked that Popish pressed us with high admiration authors make use of the strongest words for the talents and the industry of when their facts and arguments are the the individual who, amid the press
weakest. Here Dr. Milner expresses ing calls of mercantile, social, and his unutterable astonishment at our Pro
testant stupidity; and almost throws benevolent engagements, could himself into a fit of hysterics, and his steadily supply, during the lapse pen into the fire, because, while we of four years, the regular weekly profess to believe in the Catholic Church,
we do not believe it to be the Church of demands of a publication like the
Rome. This is all Jesuitical artifice, present. He has kept up the at- intended to confirm the men of his own traction of his essays to the last, communion in their blind adherence to and, in some respects, we think their bigoted superstition ; for he knows the fourth volume even more im- very well that, when we use the word
Catholic, we do it in a sense quite conportant than any of the former
sistent with our being Protestants; and sections. The most interesting that, so far from conceding the word to Vol. 4,
the Church of Rome as exclusively hers, characters and the deeds of the we positively deny that she has any title
Puritans of England and the Coveto it. This he must know, if he has read any of the standard works in de
panters of Scotland. A novelist fence of the Reforination, and yet he of the highest order has availed writes as if he did not know it.".. himself at once of their excellences
and their defects, to give effect to We shall not multiply extracts his narratives; the first he has from this work, since they would made the sources of a deep and answer but little purpose in con- tragic interest, the latter he has veying an idea of its contents, but grossly exaggerated that he might we most strongly recommend it derive from them the humorous to our readers as fraught with seasoning of his dialogues and important arguments and facts. descriptions. Incapable of symThat it has circulated widely, the pathy with the high principles number of editions is a sufficient which linked the feelings and the evidence, anıl we hope that the destinies of those fearless and reduction of its price, in conse- conscientious with the truths quence of the use of stereotype of religion and the realities of plates, will siill farther extend its glory to come, he has made them, sale.
for their noble rejection of this
jects of his ribald jest. He has Remarkable Passages in the Life done mischief by this; he has in
of William Kiffin: written by jured mankind in their best inteHimself, ani edited from the rests, since he has made mockery original Manuscript, with Notes of vital godliness, laughed to scorn and Additions. By William the language of strong faith and Orme. 18mo. 58. 6d. London:
stern morality, because it did not Burton and Co. 1823.
shape itself to the classical models PUBLICATIONS of this kind are of elocution, but spoke of common peculiarly to our taste, especially as well as of holy things, in quaint wlten, as in the present case, they and unusual phrase. They bad have passed through the hands of no guide but the Scriptures; the an efficient editor. We have met Bible was their only and univerwith few instances of the kind sally applied rule; they drew from where the task of revision and that living spring, a constant and annotation has been so judiciously satisfying supply, and rejoicing executed, though we have seen in the fulness of the fountain, they many to which a much less skilful
were well pleased with the antique and interesting style of comment simplicity of the vessel from which has given popularity. Kiffin's they drank. These men might be memoir is in itself a valuable do- austere in their aspect, rugged in cument, and Mr. Orme has ren- their manner, unpolished in their dered it more attractive by a sim- speech, but they were unbending ple but excellent arrangement; in their integrity, true to their he has farther contributed an ad- profession even unto the death, mirable preface, and a series of and they were supported through illustrative “ notes and additions,” rough conflicts and aggravated to the extent of seventy pages, sufferings, by their fellowship with drawn from authentic sources, and the Father and with the Son. supplying much important infor- Miserable, indeed, and deeply to mation.
be deplored, is that secular fanaThe public attention has of late ticism which turns to this world been excited strongly, and in a as its idol, and taking the fashions very singular way, towards the thereof as its law, and the plea